07 January 2009

Up around the corner

Ok, so heading out of Alexander Stephens State Site, I checked out a few other nearby things, including the Crawfordville Baptist Church, pictured above, where Harry and Eliza (see last post) and some of their descendents are buried.

Phillips Mills Baptist Church, just north of Crawfordville

"Elder Silas Mercer
Baptist Minister-Chaplain-Theologian-Statesman
Born Feb 25, 1745, North carolina, died Aug 1, 1796 Wilkes County, GA. Was converted and baptized circa 1775 into the Kiokee Baptist Church. Founded Phillips Mill Church, May 7, 1785 and served as pastor 1785-1796. Later founded Bethesda 1785, Powelton 1786, Clark's Station 1786, Sardis 1788 and others. Helped organize the first Baptist Association. The Georgia
Chaplian- Revolutionary War. Leader in merger of separate and regular Baptists in Georgia and South Carolina. Delegate to Georgia Constitutional Conventions 1789 and 1795. Established Salem Academy 1793. Defender of Calvinistic Doctrine. Silas and Dorcas Mercer had eight children, two sons were teachers, three sons, including Jesse Mercer, were Baptist Ministers.
Remains of Silas and Dorcas Mercer moved from original site at Ficklen to this site Oct 12, 1976"

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